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Dienhart's Big Ten Mailbag: Your latest football questions

Time to answer some mail! How good are the Minnesota linebackers? Will Michigan topple a rival this season? Is David Blough the answer to Purdue’s QB ills? I look at those questions and more. I have been impressed by Minnesota’s linebackers and think they will be among the best in the Big Ten. What do you think? – Bill White I like the Gopher linebackers when I watched the team scrimmage last Saturday. Jack Lynn has All-Big Ten potential, and Cody Poock is a tough player who excels vs. the run. Jonathan Celestin rounds out the unit. He’s a nice

@BTNStatsGuys: 14 Big Ten facts about AP preseason poll

The AP preseason poll was released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams made the cut. With Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 12) and Iowa (No. 17) ranked, all of which land in the Coaches preseason poll, the Big Ten is tied for the third-most ranked teams in the nation, trailing the SEC (6) and Pac-12 (5). Here’s 14 Big Ten facts about the poll: 1. The Big Ten has four teams in the top 20 of the preseason top 25 poll for the first time since 2012, when it had five. 2. One season after

Check out how Big Ten names fared in 2016 Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympics came to a close Sunday night. Now, it’s time to take a look back at how all of the Big Ten names, past, present and future, fared on the big stage in Brazil. The Big Ten boasted 154 overall representatives, including coaches with conference ties. All 14 Big Ten schools were represented in Rio, with Michigan leading the way with 30 representatives (24 competitors and six coaches). Catch up on how Big Ten athletes, starting with the medal winners, did in Rio below. GOLD Derek Drouin (Indiana), Track & Field (high jump), Canada: Cleared 2.38 meters to

Ohio State paces four Big Ten teams ranked in preseason AP Poll

Ohio State and Michigan are the popular pick to take the Big Ten in 2016, and the preseason AP poll voters agree. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines pace the Big Ten in the publication’s preseason poll, released Sunday, coming in at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Reigning Big Ten champ Michigan State checks in at No. 12 and Iowa at No. 17, giving the conference four teams in the poll, the same number it has in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin all are receiving votes, with the latter garnering the most (42). Check out the

Big Ten Mailbag: Your latest football questions answered

The letters are flowing in as I am on the road for the Big Ten camp tour. I have questions about Penn State’s depth, Michigan State’s ability to develop talent and Michigan’s chances to beat Ohio State this season, among others. Let’s go!

Get ready for Thursday night's premiere of 'Green & White Days'

Before the premiere of "Green & White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp, presented by Meijer," at 7 p.m. ET tonight, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at a handful of Spartans' position battles that should be monitored this summer.

Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Michigan State practice

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even though Michigan State is coming off a Big Ten title and playoff berth, the Spartans are being overlooked by many who favor Ohio State and Michigan in the East. As we have learned, not heeding the Spartans’ prowess can be a mistake. Yes, Michigan State has some holes to fill. But talent still oozes on this roster. Here is what I learned while watching the Spartans practice. 1. There has been a lot of attrition along the d line, but the unit still should be good. Mark Dantonio and Co., have recruited well. There is

Dienhart: Fun takes from Michigan State football practice

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The BTN Bus Tour stopped in East Lansing, Michigan, today to watch the defending Big Ten champions practice. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are coming off a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Yes, there are some holes to fill, but this roster is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Here are my fun takes from today’s Michigan State football practice. Most impressive player: WR Monty Madaris has been impressive all camp. And that continued on this day. He may be the top wideout on the squad. Top specimen: Defensive